Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fearscape by Simon Holt

Title: Fearscape
Author: Simon Holt
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: A

It's been a year since Reggie first discovered the Vours, and the Winter Solstice is approaching once again. It will be another night of unspeakable horror for those unlucky enough to be taken by the Vours, because this time, she won't be able to stop them. The Vours have imprisoned Reggie in a psychiatric hospital, where she is subjected to a daily routine of unfathomably sadistic experiments. Her life is a living Hell, but she won't give up. They attacked her brother. They killed her friend. And Reggie will never stop fighting back.

These books are so mindblowing! This review will most likely include spoilers, so if you haven't read the first two books and don't want to know how things wrap up, don't continue.

One of my favorite things about these books was the descriptions of the fearscapes. This book had plenty of that. Since Reggie is constantly put to the test by being forced into Fearscapes, we get to see a lot of them. I am always surprised by how thought out and complex they are. These aren't just simple fears, you feel like you get a glimpse into the lives of these people. Even when I was a bit afraid, I felt something more, like understanding. Because a lot of the fears we can all idetify with.

I really enjoyed watching Aaron change throughout the trilogy. Most all of the characters changed, but for him I felt it was bigger. I loved him since the beginning, but he got even better. He gained confidence in himself, and pushed himself to new limits. Plus he is super adorable. All of the characters were truly great and I was impressed by the ways they evolved.

Everytime you think the story can't go any farther Holt thinks up something new and fantastic to keep it alive. Many times I thought nothing more could happen, there could be no more twists, they won't uncover the next mystery, but they can and do. These books never left me with a dull moment, and I loved it.

Overall I would have to say that Fearscape was a great end to a great trilogy. They fascinated me in almost every way possible and had me begging for more. I would recommend these books to anyone who enjoys being afraid and likes a little mystery.


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